Resources During COVID-19 Crisis

As we all navigate this together please remember to take care of yourself, be proactive about communicating with your professors and program directors, and seek help when you need it. The following resources are for both currents students in programs at USG and for any community members who need them. If you're a current student at USG and you have any questions and/or need further assistance with any resources please sign-up for a Virtual Appointment Monday - Friday from 9:00am-5:00pm.

Montgomery County COVID-19 Resource Toolkit
The County Council has compiled a COVID-19 Resource Toolkit for County residents to retrieve pivotal information on how best to navigate this pandemic. For more information, please visit here.

Where is my IRS stimulus check?
Check to see if you qualify, provide the IRS with your deposit information, and check to see when you are scheduled to get the deposit. You can use your 2018 or 2019 taxes if you have already filed.

USG Emergency Assistance Fund
If you are a current student you can apply for support through the USG Emergency Assistance Fund by completing this short request form. All requests will be reviewed and responded to within three (3) business days. Please be sure to check out Emergency Funding information from your home institution who are all offering emergency support in response to the COVID crisis. If you are returning for the fall 2020 semester, please complete the Fall 2020 USG Scholarship application before the June 30th priority deadline.   

Health/Safety

Maryland Health Insurance
Maryland residents who lack health insurance or have lost their health insurance due to lost employment can sign-up for coverage during the special enrollment period that runs until June 15th. Coverage purchased during the special window will start on the 1st of April, May, and June. If you qualify for Medicaid you can sign-up during any time. To sign up for Health Insurance or Medicaid visit the Maryland Health Connection website. 

Mercy Health Clinic
Mercy Health Clinic is able to see NEW patients over the age of 18 who are likely to be eligible for the Montgomery Cares program, with a priority on patients who have an urgent health need. They continue to see current patients as well. Hours: M/W 8:30-5, T/Th 8:30-8. 240-773-0300. They are conducting most of their patient visits via telemedicine so please contact our main line at 240.773.0300 during their business hours for details.  

Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC)
Includes important and reliable information on how to prevent the spread of the virus, what to do if you are sick and how to keep your community safe.
To view CDC recommendations & resources in Spanish go to Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades Recursos para COVID-19.

Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
Includes updates on COVID-19 in Montgomery County.

Mental Health/Well-being

Anxiety and Depression Association of America
Read this insightful article and check out helpful expert tips and resources to deal with coronavirus anxiety.

Every Mind
During this time of heightened anxiety, we know that you or a loved one may need someone to talk to.  Their phone, text and chat call specialists are available 24/7 to listen and provide support. You can call/text 301-738-2255. This service is free and open to all members of our community. You do not have to be in crisis to connect with us. The website also has strategies on how to cope with stress and anxiety. 

Crisis Center 
Located in Montgomery County, MD. You can also call 240-777-4000 24 hours a day.

Domestic Violence Assistance
For free, confidential help on weekdays from 8:30am-5:00pm you can contact either the Family Justice Center at 240-773-0444 or the Abused Person Program at 240-777-4195. You can also call the National Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7 at 1-800-799-72300 or text "LOVEIS" to 22522. 

Food Access

The list below has up-to-date information on how and where you can access food for your family.

***Grover Essentials will not be open for the remainder of the semester and the Mobile Market has been canceled until further notice. 

SNAP
The Maryland Department of Human Services will provide all current SNAP recipients and new applicants with the maximum benefit amount for April and May. For more information on how to apply go here

WIC
All CCI WIC Centers are closed to the public, however, they continue to provide all essential services (appointments, benefits, support services) via phone: 301-762-9426.

Montgomery County Food Council 
Provides relevant information about food assistance resources, and opportunities for individuals and organizations to support community needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.  A Spanish version is also available. 

Manna
Currently distributing food on our regular schedule at all of their distribution sites. Call 301-424-1130 by 3 PM the day before you want to pick up, to schedule your appointment. Eligibility for food remains every 30 days. All food will be pre-packed (a healthy mix of fresh, frozen and shelf-stable foods). When you arrive please hold up, not hand, your ID to a Manna staff or volunteer. The Manna staff or volunteer will sign their name on your behalf. 

Capital Area Food Bank
Providing grab and go bags to people through their multiple partners. Make sure to expand the "Community Hub Partners & Locations" to see all distribution sites and hours. 

Shepherd's Table 
Providing meals (and to-go boxes) twice a day: brunch 10:30 am-12 pm and dinner 6-7:30 pm. Their Resource Center will be open twice during the day, providing mail, toiletries, bus tokens, blankets and more.

Nourish Now
Call 301-330-0222 to schedule an appointment Monday through Friday from 10:30 am-3:30 pm. Plan and schedule your pick-up 24-48 hours ahead to request your choice of appointment. No walk-in or same-day appointments are available at this time. Bring a photo ID. 

Gaithersburg HELP
Food (including baby food) and Toiletries Bank. Operating under their normal schedule. When you go to pick up food, please do not assemble in the waiting room. They are serving clients one at a time on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please remain outside until the previous client exits. Contact: 301-216-2510

Catholic Charities Choice Food Pantry
Open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9am4pm. Bring proof of Montgomery County residency and own bags. Contact: 301-942-1790

Meals on Wheels
It offers meals for the elderly and people with disabilities. You have to call to sign-up to have meals delivered. Meals are delivered in the morning and they include lunch and dinner. For more information visit the Rockville or Germantown.

UMBC Retriever Essentials 
Meal Packages at Drop Boxes at the UMBC campus. Contact retrieveressentials@umbc.edu

MCPS Emergency Meals
Beginning July 6, 2020, MCPS will provide breakfast and lunch meals to all Montgomery County children and all MCPS students (regardless of age) at more than 60 MCPS sites across the county and more than 30 community-based programs. Meals will be provided at MCPS sites from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at school sites and from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. at bus distribution sites

Frederick County Emergency Meals
Free meals! Summer Food Service Program June 22-August 20. FCPS Food and Nutrition Services will be serving free "to-go" breakfasts and lunches at 20 locations to any child 18 years old and younger.  Free meals are also available for adults older than 18 years old who are enrolled in an educational program for persons with disabilities.

Prince George’s County Emergency Meals
Starting Wednesday, May 6, Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) students can pick up supper as part of their “grab and go” meals and more distribution sites are on the way. Breakfast and lunch will continue to be served twice a week; the snack will be discontinued and replaced with supper. Students can get meals for two days on Mondays and three days on Wednesdays. Parents may pick up meals for students who are unable to come to the site by showing a student ID or report card. Meals are available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Bills/Utilities

Utilities
Per the Maryland Governor’s order, utilities (water, gas, electric, sewer, phone, internet service, and cable TV) are prohibited from shutting off services or charging late fees. Many utilities will work on with each customer on future payment arrangements. For any other bills, you are encouraged to contact your bill providers and request to defer payment. Many are working with customers at this time.

Housing
Evictions and foreclosures are prohibited. The Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC) has suspended all inspections.

Internet Providers

The FCC agreement states that providers will waive late fees, not cutoff service for lack of payment, and open hot-spots. The list below provides information on specific providers. 

Altice USA 
Offering Altice Advantage 30 Mbps broadband solution for free for 60 days to any new customer household within their footprint.

AT&T 
Offering open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low-income families.

Comcast 
Offering free WiFi for 2 months to low-income families plus all Xfinity hot-spots are free to the public during this time.

Charter Communications
Offering free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps.

Spectrum
Offering free wifi to students who are without it (students in k-12 AND college students).

Sprint 
Following FCC agreement, providing unlimited data to existing customers, and, starting Tuesday, 3/17/2020, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.

T-Mobile 
Following FCC agreement, plus unlimited data to existing customers, and, coming soon, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.

Verizon 
No special offers, but following the FCC agreement. 

Academic Success Resources for Online Learning

The Macklin Center for Academic Success has created a list of resources on their home page to help students successfully transition to online learning.

USG Priddy Library
The Priddy Library guide contains library resources and guidelines for accessing textbook and other academic content.

Virtual Learning

The following is a compilation of resources aimed to keep kids/students Pre-K -12 learning through the state-wide school closures. All of these resources are free. Many of these resources also have printable worksheets/lessons that can be completed without a computer.

MCPS Continuous Learning
Montgomery County Public Schools is providing laptops to students in need to allow them to access academic lessons online. Please visit information on laptop distribution.

Montgomery County Public Libraries
MCPL is introducing the new Digital Library Card. Get access to digital services and streaming content and even put holds on physical materials!

Scholastic Learn at Home
Offering 20 Days of Learning, Reading and Inspiration through special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin!

PBS Kids Learning Goals Apps & TV Shows
Specific apps & tv shows that align to academic subjects and ages. For example, PEG + CAT for math is an inquiry based approach to problem solving that children can use in their everyday lives.

Khan Academy
Shared samples of e-learning days that are structured like a school day of learning. The website includes preschool to 12th grade schedules.

Virtual Museum Tours
These 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You can Take on Your Couch!

Knowledge on the Go Collection
Online resources for math, English language arts, and science that can be used by teachers and parents at home. Starting 3/18/20, they’ll be posting free recorded daily lessons of their great curricula. These will be available on all devices.

Learning A-Z
Free trial subscription provides 90 days of unlimited access to Raz-Kids and/or Headsprout. 

Survival Guide for Parents with Children
An incredibly thorough list that includes various websites conducive to learning various subjects! 

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Amazing Educational Resources & This Article
Both of these resources lists dozens of education companies offering free subscriptions due to school closings.

Other Resources

Childcare
During this State of Emergency, child care programs have been established by the State to serve only designated essential personnel. These programs are at no cost to designated essential personnel. Eligible programs may be found here or by using the LOCATE: Child Care resource, a telephone service that is available by phone Monday - Friday at 877-261-0060 between 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM.

At High-Risk Shopping Hours
Many grocery stores in Montgomery County are offering special shopping hours for at-risk groups. Check out the comprehensive list.

COVID-19 Stimulus and CARES Act Summary
Where is my IRS stimulus check?
Check to see if you qualify, provide the IRS with your deposit information, and check to see when you are scheduled to get the deposit. You can use your 2018 or 2019 taxes if you have already filed.

How Can You Help?

Red Cross - Donate Blood
Do to the COVID-19 crisis there is a critical need for blood donation. Eligible and healthy donors are strongly urged to make an appointment to provide lifesaving blood products to patients.

Food Security - Donate Food or Funds
Manna currently has partnerships with various organizations and has been distributing food to a lot of people in the county. If you can donate food/funds please contact them directly. 

Montgomery County - Emergency Response Volunteer
You can sew surgical PPE masks, make COVID-19 care packages, write letters/emails to reduce social isolation, use your virtual skills to help different businesses with telemarketing, donate supplies, and much more!